Since April is national poetry month I thought I’d share a favorite poem by A.E. Housman that has in many ways shaped my life’s philosophy.
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
Ahh! Don’t you just love it? “And since to look at things in bloom, Fifty springs are little room.” Can’t you feel that? There is just not enough time to see and marvel at all the beauty on this earth. Last week as we drove home from Utah I made my family take a three hour detour just to see the California poppies in Lancaster. No regrets!
Last year I convinced my family to wake up early one Saturday and make the 5-hour drive to Death Valley just to see the super bloom. After we had our fill we drove home that evening. 10 hours of driving just to see wild flowers. Totally worth it.
I like to think of these quests for Wild Flowers as a very literal interpretation of the 13th article of faith, “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” Isn’t it wonderful that we are commanded to seek after good things? Often when life feels extra hard, sad or tedious I realize I’m neglecting this commandment. Fortunately, it doesn’t usually require 10-hour drive to seek the good things in life. Sometimes it just takes looking out the window, stepping out to see the sunset or taking a moment with someone you love.
What lovely things do you seek after?